Cooking is the leading cause of home fires! Most people have heard that ovens and stove tops pose a very real danger to kids, but you may be surprised to learn that home fire dangers abound in the kitchen. In a recent report, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) identified the leading factors in home cooking fires:
32% – Equipment unattended
11% – Abandoned or discarded materials
9% – Heat source too close to combustibles
8% – Misuse of material
8% – Stove/oven unintentionally turned on/off
7% – Failure to clean
It’s well known that the threat of kitchen fires increases during the holidays when large meals are prepared and people have a lot on their mind. But as you can see from the data above, it pays to be vigilant in the kitchen all year long.